The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Gazette (Kingston, ON), Dec. 19, 1812

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p.2 We are happy to announce the arrival at this place of about 120 Ship Carpenters on Thursday evening last. We are told that more are expected.

incomplete information received of a battle at Fort Erie in which two American boats were sunk.

p.4 Extract of a letter to a gentleman in Baltimore, from a field officer of the Engineers dated Lake Ontario, Sacket's Harbor, October 10th.

"We arrived here on the first inst. with the governor and com. Chauncy who has lately been appointed to the command of the lakes. I have been constantly employed in laying out batteries, redoubts, quarters, etc. necessary for this new and important post, as we are now concentrating and assembling our naval force to this point, it has advantages equal if not superior to any on these waters as to its complete protection from the winds & ice, which are serious considerations in this inhospitable clime. The land commands one of the most beautiful sheets of water in the world, dotted with islands whose tops dispute the passage of the clouds.

This situation is about 60 miles from where the lake empties itself into and forms the St. Lawrence. Kingston is situated at the distance of 20 miles on the opposite shore, where the British have a large force, which keeps us on the alert. Never have I seen a more determined set of brave fellows than are embodied here, all are ready and solicitous, and urge the officers to conduct them to the enemy - with such men, properly disciplined, we can confidently expect an easy conquest. Every exertion is making here by the government to get command of the lake. We have a fine ship on the stocks which will be finished the last of November, and will mount 36 32 pounders, together with the brig Oneida, mounting 20 32 pounders, with 5 merchant vessels that are to be converted into gunboats. As soon as they are completed, an attack will certainly be made, and with every prospect of success. The force now collected at Niagara amounts to 8000 men."

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Kingston Gazette (Kingston, ON), Dec. 19, 1812